Blues bag Clark coup as Essandoh departs

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FORMER Ipswich Town youngster Billy Clark – who made national headlines for his online rant at the Tractor Boys last season – has signed for Bury Town.

The midfielder, who turns 20 on Thursday and made three appearances for Ipswich, is still searching for a professional club, but has linked up with the west Suffolk Blues in a bid to boost his fitness and match sharpness.

Veteran striker Roy Essandoh has departed to make way for Clark, who had some help with his move across the county from an Ipswich club stalwart.

“I spoke to Simon Milton and he’s close with Bury, so he spoke to someone and got me training with them,” said Clark.

“I need to get sharp and play as many games as I can to find a pro club, but if I don’t I would be happy to stay here.”

Although it is uncertain how long Bury will have Clark in their ranks, manager Richard Wilkins is determined to get as much out of him as possible.

“He’s 20 years of age and he obviously has aspirations to play at a higher level,” said Wilkins. “I can understand that, so we will see how he gets on.

“It was very difficult for him on Wednesday night going into a team he hadn’t played with before, but he showed some good touches.

“We’re not going to lose anything out of it and hopefully he will help us and we will help him.”

Adding his thoughts on Essandoh’s departure, Wilkins said: “With the system we play, he’s not going to start many games because he has not got the legs of Sam Reed or Kieran Leabon anymore.

“We played 4-4-2 recently and it didn’t work, but he’s a smashing lad, ever the professional, and he’s at the age he needs to be playing regularly, not coming on for the last five minutes.”